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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hector’s Dolphin Research: Scientific Gizmos Galore

By Tom Brough; Whilst this strange ‘summer’ weather still limits some of our boat work in the more remote areas of Banks Peninsula, our research teams have been making the most of good weather windows and getting some solid work done. We’ve been retrieving and redeploying devices called TPODs that are permanently moored around the […]


Waitangi Day Commemorations in Okains Bay If you are thinking of heading over to Akaroa or the peninsula over the weekend then be sure to make time for this. Thanks to akaroa.com for the below article. Head to the website to find out whats going on in and around Akaroa and the bays. Event date: […]

Akaroa; Swimming With Dolphins With Carmen Huter

International blogger Carmen Huter came to Akaroa as her last stop on her New Zealand adventure. Carmen is a wonderful blogger and photographer and kindly shared some her stunning Akaroa photographs with us…along with her thoughts on what makes Swimming With Dolphins in Akaroa so special. Being from a landlocked country myself, anything to do […]

Hector’s Dolphin Research; Best Summer Day So Far……

World leading marine mammal experts Professors Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten are currently in Akaroa carrying out Hector’s Dolphin research. They have given us an exclusive sneak peak into what daily life is like for them on the peninsula…. ”After a summer of unstable weather, the day has dawned calm and sunny, and promised to […]

ORCASOME! Wild Orca in beautiful Akaroa

First orca pod spotted in Akaroa Harbour for 2017 Our guests and staff were delighted to spot a pod of 10 orca including two young calves in Akaroa Harbour this time last week. This was the first reported sighting of orca off the coast of the South Island so far this month. More than 80 […]